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Block Building for Children: Making Buildings of the World With the Ultimate Construction Toy

Block Building for Children: Making Buildings of the World With the Ultimate Construction Toy

by Lester Walker, Witold Rybczynski (Preface by)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anything but plain, the wooden block is the basis for everything from geometric patterns to a cathedral in Block Building for Children by Lester Walker, preface by Witold Rybczynski. Illustrated with 67 black-and-white photographs and 125 line drawings, this guide helps would-be architects construct everything from a Greek temple to the Emerald City of Oz (Overlook, $22.95, 167p, ages 9-up ISBN 0-87951-609-7 Nov.).
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-Detailed instructions for 18 block-building projects, including a boat dock, a farm, a mosque, a city of the future, and the Emerald City of Oz. The constructions require 11 specific sizes and shapes of wooden blocks (these can be ordered from the publisher, but a short list of catalog and toy-store sources is offered in the appendix). A few of the projects require extra pieces (accessory wood turnings, dowels, etc.) not on the main list. A clear table shows drawings and dimensions of the blocks, and each is numbered. When assembling the scenes, builders must refer to the numbers on the diagrams in order to use the correct blocks; it's all fairly easy to follow. Instructions begin with basic building techniques (towers, beams, etc.), and then move on to the main projects. Tips and more specific instructions clarify some of the steps. Fairly dull black-and-white photos show children (mostly boys) in the process of assembling. In his description of how to build each scene, the author weaves in historical background and simple engineering details, injecting some welcome imaginative spirit. If youngsters have the right blocks (and enough of them) and a bit of patience, they should be able to manage most of the projects. They are simpler than those in Sam Bingham's The Ultimate Wood Block Book (Sterling, 1988; o.p.), which includes a greater number of more varied constructions.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR

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The Overlook Press
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Lester Walker is an award-winning architect and author of numerous books including American Shelter, Tiny Houses, and Block Building for Children. He lives in Woodstock, New York, where his architectural practice is based.

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